Today we’re launching a new series on the Nudge blog: Employee Spotlights! Nudgers are some of the best people in the whole world – and we’re so excited to introduce you to a few of them. First up: Account Executive Mike Tran! 👏
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What do you do at Nudge?
I help people learn about Nudge and (hopefully!) buy it.
What would your career be in another life?
I’ve always loved making things with my hands and most recently became a home baker. In another life, I’d own my own bakery and spend my days making desserts for others to enjoy.
What’s your favorite thing about Nudge?
Everyone is genuinely kind and actually listens to what others have to say. This includes all levels of employees and doesn’t just happen on a peer-to-peer level. This makes Nudge the most welcoming culture that I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Usually, I’m spending a lot of time with my partner and we’ll cook, watch things together (we’ve been binging Ted Lasso!), and spend time with friends.
How do you prioritize wellness and self care?
If I’m not resting well, then nothing else is going to go well for me. I prioritize getting good sleep and used my Nudge annual wellness allowance on a Fitbit for me to track my sleep and better understand what I could be doing to improve it. To take care of my mental well-being. I also got Headspace to aid in a beginners meditation practice. For me, meditation helps me to recognize thoughts as they are (like when I’m distracted), become aware of what’s happening, and re-shift my focus to whatever it is I’m doing in the present.
What’s something you’re challenging yourself with right now?
Nudge is currently piloting Masterclass as a potential offering for employees and as one of the fortunate members that get to try it out, I’ve taken some classes on persuasion, negotiation, communication, cooking and planting.
What’s your favorite Nudge memory?
At a recent virtual team-building event, we broke into groups and had to collectively draw (and then explain!) a Nudge flag. Pure comedy.
What unique perspective are you bringing to Nudge?
I worked for a number of years on the frontline, and so I have first-hand experience in what it was like to be a retail and foodservice worker that didn’t get any technological support other than how to clock into a shift.
I’ve also studied Organizational Behavioural Theory, with regards to how organizations can achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness through their people. This helps me to understand how Nudge can be used across different facets, such as driving employee motivation and satisfaction, and the impacts that can bring to an organization.
What makes Nudge unique?
It delivers business value without controlling the frontline employees who use it. Other solutions either take a training- or task-oriented approach, which relies on the software to govern employee actions. Nudge allows users to make their own choices and trusts that they’ll do the right thing, so long as the information communicated with them is easy to understand and use.